29th February 2012
Protesters urge St Petersburg not to enact anti-gay law 1
4:38 PM — The British Foreign Office is among a number of bodies and groups of protesters around the world urging St Petersburg not to enact the anti-gay law its legislature passed today.
St Petersburg passes ‘gay propaganda’ law 8
10:51 AM — St Petersburg has joined three other Russian cities in passing a law banning the promotion of gay and trans identities among minors.
28th February 2012
Embassy protests today ahead of final St Petersburg ‘gay propaganda’ vote 3
4:09 PM — Protests are being held at Russian embassies around the world ahead of a final vote tomorrow by St Petersburg's legislature on its 'gay propaganda' ban.
23rd February 2012
Poll finds Irish support for gay marriage at 73% 60
3:29 PM — Equal marriage advocates have welcomed a poll which puts public support for allowing gay couples to marry at 73%.
Rabbi is Sweden’s ‘straight person of the year’ 10
1:27 PM — A rabbi has won the title of Sweden's 'straight man of the year'. David Lazar is the rabbi for the Jewish community in Stockholm. He was given the Årets Hetero award by the Swedish QX magazine this month.
Video: Ex-Chelsea coach Mourinho under fire for gay slur 21
11:02 AM — Football coach José Mourinho has prompted outrage after being filmed using a Spanish gay slur ahead of a game at a Russian stadium.
Kurdish gay rights group hacked on Facebook 10
10:34 AM — An extremist Turkish Nationalist hacking group called “Ayyıldız Tim” hacked the Facebook page of Hebûn, the Kurdish LGBT Association based in Diyarbakir, this weekend.
22nd February 2012
Swedish farmer seeks companion for bisexual pig 18
11:01 AM — A farmer in Sweden has appealed for anyone with a gay pig to come forward after his own bisexual boar was left heartbroken having been rejected by a neighbouring bull.
17th February 2012
St Petersburg lawmaker dismisses ‘fake’ mothers’ plea over anti-gay law 51
12:51 PM — A letter sent by the mothers of gay children to St Petersburg lawmakers asking them to reconsider their 'gay propaganda' law has been dismissed as a fake by a senior official who reportedly said "no one cares about offending the gay community".
16th February 2012
European Parliament denounces Russian ‘gay propaganda’ laws 23
11:47 AM — The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the upcoming presidential election in Russia today clearly denouncing the regional laws which ban 'gay propaganda' around minors.
15th February 2012
French UMP ‘expelling’ Vanneste over gay comments 40
5:02 PM — The French UMP party of French president Nicolas Sarkozy is reportedly expelling Christian Vanneste for comments he made about gay people and gay history in a video released this week.
Video: Italian gay marriage film shows unequal laws 8
2:45 PM — An Italian marriage equality video shows the preparations for a gay couple's wedding as a reminder that the country provides no legal recognitions for same-sex relationships.
French MP: Gays must be narcissists 24
12:40 PM — Christian Vanneste's views on homosexuality and gay history have been called "nauseating" and led to a demand for him to be ejected from his party.
13th February 2012
Malta: Lesbian assault victims ‘to be charged with breaching peace’ 16
3:19 PM — The lesbian victims of an assault which led the prime minister to promise new hate crime laws now face charges themselves, reports say.
10th February 2012
Video: Turkish parents’ appeal for anti-homophobia film 2
1:55 PM — A support group for the families of gay and trans people in Turkey is appealing for funds to finish a documentary on the experiences of parents.
9th February 2012
From Diyarbakir with love: Kurdish, gay and proud 10
5:45 PM — As Zenne Dancer tells the story of a Kurdish ‘honour’ killing, we speak to Hebûn, the LGBT group in Diyarbakir.
Swedish anti-gay flyers not covered by free speech 17
11:41 AM — The European Court of Human Rights has upheld the conviction of four Swedish men who handed out leaflets to children which said being gay was "morally destructive" and that the "homosexual lobby" was trying to suppress paedophilia.
8th February 2012
St Petersburg anti-gay law passes second reading 17
3:28 PM — A third reading would mean St Petersburg would join other Russian regions including Ryazan and Arkhangelsk in forbidding the promotion of homosexuality in public.
Northern Cyprus: No charges yet on gay sex arrests 13
12:47 PM — An advisor to the leader in Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus has said today that no charges have yet been brought against two men arrested for committing gay acts.
7th February 2012
Northern Cyprus anti-gay law to be challenged 22
3:19 PM — A case has been lodged at the European Court of Human Rights against Turkey today to decriminalise homosexuality in Northern Cyprus.